Dateline Rice for June 12, 2020


‘CNN Tonight with Don Lemon’
Rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, is interviewed about his participation in LeBron James’ organization “More Than a Vote,” which aims to protect African Americans’ voting rights.

Ronnie Lillard of Fort Myers reconciles death of friend, mentor George Floyd
Christian hip-hop artist and alumnus Ronnie Lillard is quoted and pictured.


Friday’s ‘Houston Matters’: Spike In COVID-19 cases strains health care providers, and surviving as small business in a recession (June 12, 2020)
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Health and Biosciences, participates in a Houston Public Media panel discussion, and she is quoted in two additional articles. Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in the Houston Chronicle article.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
Health care edition: Doctors, emergency rooms, hospitals in Pearland adapt to serving patients during the coronavirus pandemic
Community Impact Newspaper
Dramatic shift in economy underway as Houstonians adapt to new normal
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/june-12-ho-rodriguezSurvey: Some Texas oil and gas producers fear a Biden presidency
Several articles feature collaborative research by Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science, fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Public Media
Poll: Energy industry worried about 2020 presidential election
University of Houston News
Texas oil and gas poll shows wariness of Biden

For Montrose, Pride amid COVID-19 evokes complex emotions 
Brian Riedel, associate director of Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, is quoted.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)
COVID-19’s coming mental health toll is a ‘disease of despair’

An article cites results from Rice’s collaborative COVID-19 Registry, which aims to compile a demographic portrait of the pandemic’s impact on Houston, that found that a quarter of respondents were feeling moderate or severe anxiety related to the pandemic.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Coronavirus chaos in Georgia, Wisconsin a ‘warning sign’ for Democrats
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Election Law Blog (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Life, The World News, Head Topics and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Saudi Arabia isn’t just raising taxes
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN (This Atlantic article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

As energy prices tumble, developing countries trim subsidies
The World News (This New York Times article also appeared in The Economic Times and yesterday’s Dateline.)

Caltech undergrads receive Goldwater Scholarships
Jerzy Szablowski, assistant professor of bioengineering, is mentioned.
Caltech News (This article also appeared in Pasadena Now.)

Bill Gates had this to say about those coronavirus conspiracy theories
An article mentions collaborative Rice research into a novel way to accurately record a person’s vaccination history.

State courts tolling statutes of limitation during COVID-19
Alumna Joanna O’Leary authored an article.
MedTruth on Medium


Bob Dylan has a lot on his mind
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, authored a Q&A.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article will also appear in the June 14 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/june-12-brinkleyAtom swap turns glowy molecules into cancer killers
An article features Rice research that found replacing a single oxygen atom with a sulfur atom in a common fluorophore turns it into a photosensitizing molecule that when exposed to light generated reactive oxygen species that destroyed breast cancer cells in the lab. Han Xiao, the Norman Hackerman-Welch Young Investigator and assistant professor of biosciences and bioengineering, is quoted.
Futurity (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Tiny brain stim implant doesn’t need batteries or wires
An article features Rice research that developed a tiny surgical implant that can electrically stimulate the brain and nervous system without using a battery or wired power supply. Co-authors quoted are Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, Caleb Kemere, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and graduate student Amanda Singer.
Futurity (This article was featured in the June 12 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

For one Bush, does viability trump family?
An article features Texas land commissioner and alumnus George P. Bush.

‘Is there still Sex in the City’ in 2020? Creator, author Candace Bushnell has the answer
Alumna Candace Bushnell is featured.
USA Today (This article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)


Six new members join The Woodlands Arts Council’s board of directors
An article featuring alumnus Kyle Rojas, former president of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business’ Jones Student Association, mentions that he has been named to The Woodlands Arts Council’s board of directors.
Woodlands Online (This article also appeared in Hello Woodlands.)
Peek at iconic home styles of Houston neighborhoods
An article mentions Rice’s neo-Byzantine architecture.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in News Break.)


Tony Payan and Pamela Lizette Cruz on identifying and taxing the undocumented
A podcast and article feature Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Center for the United States and Mexico, and Pamela Lizette Cruz, research analyst for the center.
Rational Middle podcast on Soundcloud (This podcast also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Rational Middle podcast: Tony Payan and Pamela Lizette Cruz explain how ID and tax will help economic recovery


Anti-racism: Prophet Muhammad’s example
Craig Considine, lecturer in sociology at Rice, authored an article, and he discusses Bilal ibn Rabah in a video in the second IslamiCity item.
Who is the first anti-racist?


Rice University researchers develop a new 4D printing method to create shapeshifting materials
An article features Rice research that developed a 3D printing technique to create soft robots and biomedical implants that automatically change shape when subjected to an electric current, changes in temperature or simple stress. Quoted are Rafael Verduzco, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and graduate student Morgan Barnes. (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Engineers develop methods for AI bottlenecks with machine-learning algorithms
An article features Rice research on developing methods for designing innovative data-centric computing hardware and co-designing hardware with machine-learning algorithms that together can improve energy efficiency. Yingyan Lin, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
Control Engineering (This article also appeared in Bioengineer.)

Researchers develop egg-based coating for produce
An article features Rice research that developed a way to use eggs that would otherwise be wasted as the base of an inexpensive coating to protect fruits and vegetables. A Rice video is included.
Engineering 360
http://dateline.rice/june-12-eggsOutstanding choices: Stephen Engblom sees this as the ‘bridge generation’ between diversity’s past and its future
Alumnus Stephen Engblom is featured.
San Francisco Business Times


Balls of cells mimic an unseen stage of human embryo development
Aryeh Warmflash, assistant professor of biosciences and bioengineering, is quoted.
NewsCaf (This Science article also appeared in and in yesterday’s Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/june-12-warmflashNewly observed phenomenon could lead to new quantum devices
Pengcheng Dai, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
MIT News

Seven from MIT win 2020 Hertz Fellowships
An article featuring Isaac Metcalf, a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation fellowship recipient, mentions that he plans to pursue a doctorate at Rice.
MIT News (This article also appeared in USA News Hub.)


Tigers load up with more college bats on Day 2 of MLB draft
Numerous articles feature Rice baseball player Trei Cruz, who was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the third round of the MLB draft. Head coach Matt Bragga is quoted in the Houston Chronicle.
The Associated Press (Below is a sampling of articles that appeared in more than 100 other media outlets.)
Thursday sports in brief
The Associated Press
Tigers’ pick following footsteps of dad, grandpa

Rice’s Trei Cruz selected by Detroit Tigers in MLB draft
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. Similar articles also appeared in the June 12 print edition of the Chronicle, Windsor Star and Detroit News.)
Detroit Tigers take Rice SS Trei Cruz in Round 3 of 2020 MLB draft
Detroit Free Press
Detroit Tigers crushed 2020 MLB draft and may have supercharged their rebuild
Detroit Free Press

Burlington’s Owen Caissie first of 5 Canadians taken in 2020 MLB draft
Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins says MLB teams must increase workplace diversity
C-USA Preseason Players of Year selected in MLB draft
Conference USA

MLB draft 2020: Oakland A’s select Dane Acker with No. 127 overall pick 
An article featuring Rice baseball player Dane Acker mentions that he was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the fourth round of the MLB draft.
SB Nation

C-USA postgraduate scholarships announced
An article from Conference USA mentions that former Rice track and field athlete Adolfo Carvalho is one of 14 league athletes to be awarded the Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship, which is named after the late Rice faculty member and coach.
Conference USA
Kowalkowski lands Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship
Bowling Green Daily News (This article also appeared in WKU News.)
Jordyn Lacy receives Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship from C-USA

Jason Babin the best to wear No. 94 for Eagles
Former Rice football player N.D. Kalu is featured.
Sports Illustrated

About Stefan De La Garza

Stefan De La Garza is a news analyst in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.